On NPR’s All Things Considered today, David Kestenbaum did a lovely story on the Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation (MINOS) neutrino experiment. Just to remind you (from MINOS website):
The MINOS Experiment is a long-baseline neutrino experiment designed to observe the phenomena of neutrino oscillations, an effect which is related to neutrino mass. MINOS uses two detectors, one located at Fermilab, at the source of the neutrinos, and the other located 450 miles away, in northern Minnesota, at the Soudan Underground Mine State Park in Tower-Soudan.
See the MINOS website for more information. Sean did a post about it here, Andrew Jaffe here, and Jacques Distler here. I thought that the radio segment was rather good, and informative for the non-physicist. Have a listen. You can look at lots of information and other links on the NPR site here, and click the “listen” button for the radio piece. I very much like the tongue-in-cheek and rather self-aware editing in places. For example, when he’s talking about the neutrinos shooting down the beampipe (or some such action), there’s some realy corny special effects whizzing noises. Kestenbaum says, almost apologetically (as though he had an argument with a senior producer about putting this sound in, and lost), “That’s not the real sound” (but maybe there’s a hint of a smile in his voice, maybe?)
Overall, I thought that for a short piece on All Things Considered -primetime in the afternoon commute- they did a good job on the story.